RAR free download for Mac

RAR5.90

31 March 2020

RAR is a powerful terminal based archive utility.

Overview

RAR is a compression program offering an original algorithm. This new way to compress files provides greater efficiency, and makes smaller archives -- especially on multimedia files and archives with many files. RAR also offers self-extracting capabilities as well as disk-spanning (or multi-volumes). RAR is the official RAR archive utility for OS X (offered as a command-line utility), especially useful while reading all those alt.binaries newsgroups.

To use the RAR command-line application, place the files in any folder on your hard drive, and call the utility by typing in the full path to the application (e.g., to run from the current directory, type "./rar" or "./unrar" followed by the appropriate parameters). Typing the application name (rar or unrar) without any parameters will produce a helpful guide to each program's usage.

What's new in RAR

Version 5.90:
  • RAR compression speed is improved for CPUs with 16 and more cores.
  • "Fastest" method (-m1 command line equivalent) typically achieves a higher compression ratio for highly compressible data types when creating RAR5 archives.
  • Maximum number of utilized threads is increased from 32 to 64. Command line -mt switch accepts values from 1 to 64.
  • "Repair" performance for RAR5 archives with recovery record and without data shifts is improved. It deteriorated in RAR 5.80 and is now restored to original level.
  • Password prompt is not issued when performing recovery record based repair for RAR5 archives with encrypted file names. This command can be performed without providing a password.
Bugs fixed:
  • "Repair" command could erroneously display "Recovery record is corrupt" message when processing an archive with valid recovery record. This message did not prevent further repair operation.

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25 Reviews of RAR

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Mcr
27 September 2019
Version: 5.71

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It's 2019...and asking $29 for CLI utility that ONLY handles RAR? There are GUI compression/uncompression programs that handle multiple formats for same or less $$ and even free (Keka,). I usually have a Windows Virtual Machine running all the time, and even prefer using the free utility 7-Zip which handles anything. If nothing else, this company should switch to a multi-platform license, i.e. buy a license, good for any platform (Win, Mac, Linux), as long as owned by same user.
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Mcr
27 September 2019
Version: 5.71
It's 2019...and asking $29 for CLI utility that ONLY handles RAR? There are GUI compression/uncompression programs that handle multiple formats for same or less $$ and even free (Keka,). I usually have a Windows Virtual Machine running all the time, and even prefer using the free utility 7-Zip which handles anything. If nothing else, this company should switch to a multi-platform license, i.e. buy a license, good for any platform (Win, Mac, Linux), as long as owned by same user.
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1ness
14 September 2018
Version: 5.60
I have to agree with most comments here. I've bought WinRAR on Windows ages ago and love it (recommended it to lots of people as well).. Will purchase a license for macOS as soon as it comes with proper GUI. Meanwhile only 3 stars from me. For now will keep using "The Archive Browser".
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Derekcurrie
14 September 2018
Version: 5.60
Try again when you have a GUI. RAR is very good and very useful. But having to bother with CLI crap is NOT. When the price of WinRAR is exactly the same AND it has a GUI, foisting CLI crap at Mac users is lazy, insulting and stupid.
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4.5
Bluehour77
07 September 2012
Version: 4.20
simply ... love it!
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bluehour73
29 March 2012
Version: 4.11
Love this app, have been using it since v1 or 2, does its job efficiently without fuss. For those who complain about it CLI, go and learn some basic unix and enjoy it. I can see how it may not appeal to the facebook generation though....
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hous
20 March 2012
Version: 4.11
There is a GUI (graphical interface) at http://www.macstarfish.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/rarme.html (RarMe 0.2 is developed for use on OS X 10.3, but works fine on 10.2. It just won't look as pretty) ???
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0.5
Gn-0000
23 July 2011
Version: 4.0.1b1
It is really a joke. It wouldn't multi-thread on multi CPU cores system!!! Oh my God! It only draws 1 CPU core to work in my 12 cores Westmere Mac Pro!!! Jesus Crisis. We are no longer to work on a 80386 computer! Why no multi-threading support?!! It takes 5 hours to complete the job of compressing 50GB iso files into multi-segmented far files! it actually does not stick to our era!
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Antoinesynopsis
10 May 2011
Version: 4.0.1b1
No graphical interface and it costs 29 $ ?!! It's a joke ?!
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Gary-box
04 February 2010
Version: 3.9.2 beta 1
I use Unrar. Much better and free
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M2k
31 December 2009
Version: 3.9.1
I think this is another case of MAC users being neglected by software companies who prioritise Windows versions. If they want to charge MAC users the same money as Windows users they should give MAC users the same product, not some outdated basic version over and over again. Lets face it, WinRAR / RAR is not exactly a top-end piece of software with major complexities in developing and supplying a GUI front-end for MAC users, it seems the developers are plain lazy and cannot be bothered to give their users / customers what they want.
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Rexluthor
01 April 2009
Version: 3.8
I was looking for a right click "create rar archive" option just like on windows or on the finder for zip archives. I finally found something that does this amazingly on a blog. Check this out: http://stuffforlife.blogspot.com/2009/03/data-compression-in-mac-os-x-how-to.html Hope this is useful.
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Shotgunweddings
02 August 2008
Version: 3.8b4
What I can't believe is people are actually dumb enough to buy into this lame excuse of a RAR option. It's 2008 , CLI based tools is not only wrong it's and insult to every Mac user. Like most Mac users we left the Windows side to get away from the stupid command line garbage because the Mac OS was using a GUI front end for everything instead, saved time and increased productivity. Terminal junkies need a reality check , you want CLI , then buy a UNIX or PC box. I don't want CLI period. 30 bucks for an inconvienent method , you couldn't me double that to even waste a single keystroke to use it! Ha ha ha
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Mark-Everitt
31 May 2008
Version: 3.8b1
If you only need the unrar utility you can get it using macports. This has some advantages such as not needing to install stuff into /usr/bin, and if you use porticus with macports then the only use of the command line will be to use unrar itself. Macports, Porticus and unrar obtained this way are all free.
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Xypher
31 May 2008
Version: 3.8b1
Has excellent functionality. To get the best out of it use with the wrapper, 'RarMe' available here: http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/12598 Simply place the Rar and Unrar files into the resources folder.
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Leo-Kuznetsov
01 June 2007
Version: 3.7
Zipeg is not Windows only. It is actually developed on and for Macintosh and was ported to Windows lately. Try http://www.zipeg.com/mac.index.html
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Dualist
15 January 2007
Version: 3.7b1
Some people appear to not understand where RAR files are mostly used. The are very very common on USENET and another utility to work with them is very welcome! Competition is a good thing.
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2.5
ultratiem
18 August 2006
Version: 3.6
Why do I have to pay the same as a Windows user that gets a well built native GUI and I have a commandline based PPC program to run on my Intel Mac? No Thanks!
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M-Rick
31 May 2006
Version: 3.6b4
SimplyRAR does the same for fre.
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Anonymous
18 July 2005
Version: 3.5b5
RAR on a Mac? For $29?! 8oP Puhleeez! For transfers Mac to Mac, nothing beats a nice convenient .dmg file, and BZIP2 content compressed .dmg's, optionally with custom icons and license agreements can be made automatically for $15 with DropDMG, or with a little more effort for free with Disk Utility. If you have to deal with peecees, nothing wrong with TAR & BZIP2 or ZIP for free. Don't want to get into the Terminal or Terminal widgets? Just grab TarPit. Drag and drop to create gzipped or bzipped TAR archives, optionally with Macbinary encoded contents.
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Anonymous
23 April 2005
Version: 3.5b1
Copy files to usr/bin? I don't have any such directory
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Anonymous
10 July 2004
Version: 3.40b2
I'm experiencing regular freezes (Hard freezes, nasty), both when using this interface or only the CLI tool. Doesn't happen when I use Stuffit to expand it instead, so maybe there is something at stake.
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Anonymous
09 July 2004
Version: 3.40b2
From The Website: RAR - What's new in the latest version Version 3.40 beta 2 1. RAR and WinRAR display the operation progress while repairing an archive containing the recovery record. 2. Previous beta could create volumes by 2 bytes larger than specified. 3. "Select all" button in "Settings/Integration" dialog did not select Z archive format. 4. WinRAR shell extension did not display "Archive" property sheet in properties of 7z archives. 5. "Convert" command ignored archives with uppercase characters in the file name extension.
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Anonymous
03 June 2003
Version: 3.2
Installation ... :( copy 'rar' and 'unrar' to '/usr/bin', copy 'default.sfx' to '/usr/lib/' and copy 'rarfiles.lst' to '/etc/'. (give root:wheel ownership via 'sudo chown root:wheel ') (and if you like to: copy documentation to '/Library/Documentation/Commands/rar/') And for greater convinience: download UnRarX ...
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Eric
02 June 2003
Version: 3.2
Common sense .. is required. :) (cp the files to /usr/bin and then use them to rar and unrar files)
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Macfiend
20 May 2003
Version: 3.2
Umm...some installation instructions would help. I'm sure it's a great utility, but since I can't use it, I'll stick to UnRar.
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